Audi’s Diesel Strategy: The 2014 A6 TDI, A7 TDI, and Q5 TDI

by Dan Collins
Audi’s Diesel Strategy: The 2014 A6 TDI, A7 TDI, and Q5 TDI

Audi is surging forward in the U.S. diesel market with the introduction of three new diesel-powered models, the A6 sedan, the A7 sportback, and the Q5 midsize crossover. All three use the recently updated 240-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that is already available in the A8 and Q7, as well as …

Poll: Why Did You Purchase A Diesel?

by Jeremy Del Nero
Poll: Why Did You Purchase A Diesel?

It’s an exciting time to be a diesel enthusiast.  While Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen have been delivering exciting new diesels for many years now, several other car manufacturers, including Porsche and Chevrolet, have recently joined the party.  As a result, there are nearly twice as many diesel options today …

Everyone Uses Electricity – But Who Drives Electric Cars?

by Jesse Sokolow
Everyone Uses Electricity – But Who Drives Electric Cars?

Electricity drives the world we live in – be it everyday appliances or computers, television, and phones.  More recently, it has extended its reach to automobiles.  While a majority of the American population may be using an electronic device at any given moment, plug-in vehicles represent less than 1% of …

100 Years After Rudolph Diesel’s Passing, His Legacy is More Popular Than Ever

by Paul Riegler
100 Years After Rudolph Diesel’s Passing, His Legacy is More Popular Than Ever

A Self-igniting Idea Prevails 100 Years Later
The inventor of the engine that carried his name, Rudolf Diesel, died exactly one hundred years ago today but his idea for a more efficient engine has lived on and moved well into the mainstream.
Indeed, at the time of his death, the diesel motor …

2014 BMW 535d – First Look and Review

by Jonathan Spira
2014 BMW 535d – First Look and Review

This is a review that I first started to write several years ago, when the BMW 335d was my daily driver.  As much as I loved that car, my imagination went wild and I longed for the larger, more luxurious 5 Series as a diesel. The BMW 335d was half …

Mercedes Debuts S500 Plug-in Hybrid, GLA-Class, B-Class Electric Vehicle at Frankfurt Show

by Dan Collins
Mercedes Debuts S500 Plug-in Hybrid, GLA-Class, B-Class Electric Vehicle at Frankfurt Show

FRANKFURT—Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-new, eleventh-generation S-Class sedan at the 2013 Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstelling (International Motor Show) in Frankfurt, Germany. The luxury automaker also exhibited a concept coupe version of the S-Class to replace the CL, the GLA-Class compact crossover, and a production-ready all-electric B-Class hatchback.
The new S-Class is larger, …

BMW Premieres New X5, New 4 Series, Plug-in X5 Concept, i3, and i8 in Frankfurt

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Premieres New X5, New 4 Series, Plug-in X5 Concept, i3, and i8 in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT—The Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (International Automobile Show) continues to be one of the most important shows in the automotive world, and, on the first day of the show, BMW took the opportunity to debut the i3 and i8, the all-new 4 Series coupe, the next generation X5, an updated …

VW e-Golf, Electric eUp, Porsche 918 Spyder, Updated Panamera, and Refreshed Audi Debut in Frankfurt

by Christian Stampfer
VW e-Golf, Electric eUp, Porsche 918 Spyder, Updated Panamera, and Refreshed Audi Debut in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT—Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen presented numerous world premieres and model updates on the first day of the 2013 Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (International Automobile Show).
The updated 2014 Audi A8 was presented to the public in Frankfurt as Audi tries to keep pace in the heavily competitive luxury car segment. In …

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI – First Drive and Review

by Jonathan Spira
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI – First Drive and Review

The seventh generation Volkswagen Golf TDI is a great car and no, you can’t have one – at least not until some time next year when it reaches these shores as a 2015 model.
Earlier in the week, I spent the better part of a day motoring around in a European-spec …

Diesel Fuel Down 4% From Labor Day 2012

by Paul Riegler
Diesel Fuel Down 4% From Labor Day 2012

Americans will pay considerably less for fuel this weekend than they did last Labor Day.  The national average price of diesel fuel is down 4.3% or 18 cents since then, a period where hurricanes and refinery shutdowns resulted in higher prices, and gasoline costs 6% or 22 cents less, according …

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Sedan – First Look and Review

by Jonathan Spira
2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Sedan – First Look and Review

For 2014, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class family is receiving a mid-life refresh but it’s the most extensive facelift we’ve seen and probably the most ambitious in the history of the marque.  Indeed, the new E-Class looks more like a new model than some completely new introductions in recent years.
In the case …

2014 Audi A8 L TDI – Review and Road Test

by Dan Collins
2014 Audi A8 L TDI – Review and Road Test

The Audi A8 was not the first large German luxury sedan, but for a time, it was somewhat of a “best kept secret” for executives in snowy climates and foreign heads of state seeking more discretion than a Mercedes S-Class could provide. Twenty years later, the A8 is quite recognizable, …